Future Fitness Clinic

Akron Children's childhood obesity program, Future Fitness Clinic, provides overweight and obese children and teens with individual guidance. The Future Fitness Clinic team includes a physician, nurse practitioner, child psychologist, pediatric dietitian and youth fitness specialist/exercise physiologist. We design an individualized weight-loss plan, set goals and get the whole family involved. We also provide follow up with regular monthly visits to ensure your child is on track. Read More...

Perusek Amy
Amy Perusek, MSN, CPN
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chand Amy
Amy Chand, MS, EP
Youth Fitness Specialist

Wills Cathy

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • More than 30% of children and adolescents in Ohio are overweight or obese, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Obesity is linked to an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing problems and trouble sleeping.
  • Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Obesity most commonly begins in childhood between the ages of 5 and 6, and during adolescence.
  • Studies show children who are obese between 10 and 13 years of age are 80% more likely to become obese adults.


Meet Our Patients



Childhood Obesity Program - Overview

Akron Children's Future Fitness Clinic is a successful weight management program for obese children and teens. It encourages gradual, safe weight loss by helping participants develop the knowledge and habits needed to maintain good health.

Our team of trained weight loss experts includes the medical director, who is a sports medicine physician, as well as a nurse practitioner, registered pediatric dietitian, child psychologist and youth fitness specialist/exercise physiologist.

As a child’s health improves, the entire family may benefit from diet and activity changes. Self-esteem will improve as eating and exercise habits increase endurance and decrease body fat.

Other complications of obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and joint pain, may also diminish.

Akron Children's also offers Future Fitness Clubs to promote fitness and nutrition in a low-cost, community-based setting. 


What To Expect

First visit

Participants receive a medical exam and exercise tolerance evaluation by a sports medicine nurse practitioner or physician.

Follow-up visits

Participants meet with the registered pediatric dietitian and youth fitness specialist/exercise physiologist each month to create and review successes and individualized goals. Monthly visits are required until the child is maintaining a healthy weight.

Psychologist visit

Each patient is recommended for evaluation by a child psychologist who specializes in body image and self-esteem. Our psychologist can address concerns that may be a barrier to success.

Insurance coverage

Insurance companies that offer preventive or well services may cover all or part of the program as a treatment for obesity or weight-related issues such as asthma, diabetes, elevated insulin, cardiac disorders and sleep apnea. Contact us and your insurance company regarding specific coverage.

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Akron Children's Hospital
Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 7200
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-3500
Alt. Phone: 1-866-760-1950
Fax: 330-543-5001
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